As Slow as Possible: Kit Fan in Conversation with Adam Phillips – 21st January, 7pm


Poet and fiction writer Kit Fan will be interviewed by psychoanalyst and author Adam Phillips at this intimate event at our west London bookshop.


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Kit Fan’s As Slow As Possible is a book of changes, of unlikely bridges between far-flung places and times, a collection of shape-shifting, trans-migrant poems that travel across geographies and time zones.

There are poems about the slow life of trees which establish links across time and space, about environmental catastrophe, art in war zones, artworks that travel across time, all of them reflecting on mortality and survival. Divided into three parts, the book weaves back and forwards between East and West, past and present, art and memory, pivoting around a central sequence called `Genesis’, an uncanny re-telling of Chinese creation myths in the language of the Authorised Version.

The first part of the book is a brilliantly chromatic travelogue, while the collection ends with a more grounded sequence, `Twelve Months’, focusing on a kind of diurnal poetic house-keeping, based on the poet’s migrant life in Yorkshire.

Kit Fan was born and educated in Hong Kong when the city was the last British colony, before living in the UK at age of 21. He moves amphibiously between poetry and narrative fiction. He lives in York.

Adam Phillips, formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently One Way and Another, and Unforbidden Pleasures. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

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Event Details

Date: January 21, 2019

Start time: 19:00

End time: 20:00

Venue: Lutyens & Rubinstein

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